(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994 / Andernach)

Curtain

the final curtain on one of the longest running
musicals ever, some people claim to have
seen it over one hundred times.
I saw it on the tv news, that final curtain:
flowers, cheers, tears, a thunderous
accolade.
I have not seen this particular musical
but I know if I had that I wouldn't have
been able to bear it, it would have
sickened me.
trust me on this, the world and its
peoples and its artful entertainment has
done very little for me, only to me.
still, let them enjoy one another, it will
keep them from my door
and for this, my own thunderous
accolade.

by Charles Bukowski

Comments (10)

Such a great poem by Charles Bukowski.....................
still, let them enjoy one another, it will keep them from my door and for this, my own thunderous accolade.....so touching and impressive ending. A beautiful poem so nicely executed.
A thankful poem of being left alone by the dragon's fire? ......penned well
To bear it! Curtain. Thanks for sharing.
the image of parting and detachment from the world's insipid activities in this poem is depicted astutely.// great
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